University of Wisconsin–Madison

Staying Safe and Taking Advantage of Spring Break 2017

With spring recess officially beginning next week, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will finally have the opportunity to unwind and have a week free of intense school work and lectures.

Whether students spend their week in Madison or travel around the country and world, spring break at UW-Madison will be filled with relaxation, new experiences, and memorable moments spent with friends and family.

Despite the many positives spring recess can bring for Badger students, it is also a time where students must remember to stay safe and remain healthy.

As students travel to popular destinations such as South Padre Island, New York City, and other locations, it is important to keep the following in mind:

Plan ahead: Many spring break trips will occur in destinations that are often new to students. Planning your trip ahead will allow you to be organized and stress free during a week that is intended to be relaxing. Properly book your lodging in advance, schedule tours to explore your destination, and make sure to update your passport if you are leaving the country.

Use the buddy system: With students traveling to unfamiliar locations this spreak break, it is important to travel with at least one friend. Even if traveling with a large group, make sure to travel in pairs as it will make you feel more secure, boost your confidence, and make your walk home at night much more enjoyable.

Drink wisely: This tip applies to both alcohol and water. Make smart choices about alcohol. If your spring break consists of warmer climates and sunshine, please remember to stay properly hydrated; a good rule of thumb is to carry a water bottle with you throughout the day. Dehydration and fatigue is certain to plague your trip if you do not consistently drink water.

Use common sense: As a college student, it may sound thrilling to do adventurous activities during spring break, but be aware of your surroundings. Always remember to stay in well-lit areas at night and to travel to places that are considered safe. Whether you are skiing in Denver, Colorado or soaking up the sun on a beach in Cancun, México, always remember to check on your friends and make decisions that do not jeopardize any of you.

For students planning to spend their spring recess in Madison, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy an inexpensive and fun week. From volunteering at the Morgridge Center of Public Service to taking hikes on the beautiful trails around Lake Mendota and the Arboretum, Madison offers plenty of cost-effective alternatives for students during spring break.

In addition to these opportunities, University Health Services (UHS) will be offering Spring Break wellness sessions at the Overture Room at Gordon Dining and Event Center. Registration for the week is encouraged, but not required.

Sessions will begin at 1 p.m. starting on Monday, March 20 and finish on Friday, March 24. Events for the week include:

  • Monday (3/20): Meditation from 1- 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday (3/21): Yoga from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday (3/22): Relaxation from 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday (3/23): Sleep from 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Friday (3/24): Nourishment from 1- 2 p.m.

For more information regarding UHS Wellness Week, please visit:

For more information regarding spring break activities in Madison, read, No spring break trip? Make the most of Madison.

Doing something cool over Spring Break? Tag @UW_StudentLife and hashtag #BadgersOnBreak on your Instagram post for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the University Bookstore!

Bottom line: Stay safe, make good choices, and have fun on spring break 2017.

By: Matt Tragesser, Division of Student Life Communications Intern